Unregistered deaths in South Australia
- a project sponsored by Adelaide Proformat
Unregistered deaths in South Australia This project
grew out of the Lonely Graves Project
when it was discovered that a number of burial had no matching
death registration. This project lists such incidences by
matching reported deaths in newspapers, Government Gazettes,
headstones, Inquest records, Public Trustee Intestate Records,
etc and recording those incidents where a death registration
cannot be found.
There were rules about reporting a death and gaining permission
for a burial. Sometimes distance and remoteness made these
rules impractical and expedience took over. Technically
no deceased person could be buried without the presentation
of a Death Certificate, a Burial Order or a court order.
Many unregistered deaths result from misadventure and/or
occur in remote areas. A number of the deceased were foreigners.
Technically the local magistrate should have arranged to
forward proceedings following the issuing of a Burial
Order on to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and
Marriages, but clearly in a number of cases this never
eventuated. You can check the index
at this site and then order a lookup.
Pictured: Elizabeth Thyer age 19, daughter of James
and Hannah nee Wall died 29 December 1869 at Teetulpa Station
near Yunta, a death never registered but reported in the
newspaper. (Register newspaper 6 Jan 1870)
This project respects Aboriginal culture and customs and
therefore does not knowing include such records. In the
nineteenth century the majority of aboriginal deaths went
unreported to the Registrar.